The Children Innovative Learning and Design (ChILD) programme is a new ICT educational initiative which pertains to the initiation of Coding and Robotics to Grades 4, 5 and 6 students at primary level.
The National Computer Board (NCB) operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology is implementing ChILD programme in various primary schools across the island.
The ChILD programme was officially launched on 07 April 2022 by the Hon. Mrs. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, and the Hon. Deepak Balgobin, Minister of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation at Rajcoomar Gujadhur Government School (Central Flacq).
The ChILD programme aims at introducing Robotics Kits to upper primary students while equipping them with the required coding capabilities. This innovative and enlightening programme allows the children to design and build their own robots using the DIY (Do It Yourself) concept. The main objective of initiating our Kids and Youngsters to Coding and Robotics is to foster a predilection for science and engineering so as to inspire them to embrace STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects.
As at June 2022, NCB has successfully rolled out its first cohort of the ChILD programme in 23 primary schools and some 5,400 students have benefited from this programme. The programme is of 15-hour duration and consists of the following modules: Scratch 3.0, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set and BBC Micro:Bits.
The training is delivered by the ICT Teachers (ICT Support Officers) in the computer labs of the primary schools. The latter have benefitted from a capacity building training prior to the implementation of the ChILD programme. It is worth noting that very positive feedback has been received on the ChILD programme from the school community.
It is planned to extend the ChILD programme in 40 additional primary schools for the second cohort (2022/2023).